Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is a cosmopolitan metropolis and the largest city in India. One of the most populous cities in the world, Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, was formed by merging seven small islands on the Konkan coastline which was later on joined by another neighboring island called Salsette to form what is now known as Greater Bombay. Being the financial and commercial capital of India, Mumbai is home to the biggest stock exchange in the country- The Bombay Stock Exchange and is renowned as eclectic, vibrant, and cosmopolitan because of the globally recognized Hindi film industry Bollywood.
The name Mumbai has been derived from the word 'Mumba' which is the name of the local Hindu goddess and 'Aai' means Mother in Marathi. The name Bombay is considered to be an anglicized version of 'Bom Bahia' given by Portuguese meaning 'Beautiful Bay' or 'The Good Bay' which was popularized by the Britishers. With a huge inpouring of immigrants from all over India, the city of Mumbai is a cultural melting pot with a diverse range of ethnicities and hence has an assortment of eclectic religious monuments.
The city is driven by wealth, fame, power, and glamour and is full of many historical events, architectural masterpieces, spectacular views of the pristine Arabian Sea, and the home of the stars where Bollywood resides. Mumbai is a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional which compels the visitors to experience its charm again and again. With a lively and vibrant atmosphere that is full of life, this waterfront city never fails to entice the visitors and leaves them with vivid impressions. Whether it's the dramatic beauty of the Victorian buildings or the sparkle and glamor of Bollywood, the breathtaking views of the Juhu beach, or its chaotic and bustling streets that have the constant aroma of the delectable street food, Mumbai is a traveler's paradise with stunning architecture, variety of museums, a plethora of different religious sites, exciting nightlife, drool-worthy food, pleasant weather, and most importantly an impressive landscape for Instagram-able shots.
Most people from all over India visit Mumbai to sometimes just get a first-hand on experiencing life on the fast lane that it is and still find the irresistible calm within the chaos. Many people around the world also love to visit Mumbai on their trip to India for the unique experiences it offers. Very similar experiences to the ones here can’t be found elsewhere in the country, and hence, a visit to Mumbai definitely deserves to be on your list!
Being on the seaside (Arabian Sea) the city is also famous for its
incredible sea views and has many sea side hangout spots like Worli
Sea link and Marine Drive which are loved by people.
Some of the best things to do in the city include:
Apart from being a cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is the embodiment of rich culture and heritage imbued with the right combination of resilience, harmony, and multi-ethnicity that gives it a distinct charm and a flavor of its own. The infusion of diverse ethnicities can be seen in the historical monuments of this beautiful city that stand tall and proud and bring alive the era they were a part of. Some of the major historical monuments in Mumbai are:
The vibrant cosmopolitan city of Mumbai and the fashion capital of India gets alive every morning when the streets are filled with shops and big fashion outlets dazzle with bright lights. No trip can be completed without buying souvenirs for friends and family and what better place then the markets of Mumbai and huge malls to go for your shopping spree? Below are the best markets to shop and the famous malls in Mumbai to go shopping:
The island city of Mumbai has developed from a fishing village to a megapolis and with that came a horde of immigrants from all over the country. This culturally rich city has evolved in many ways and that includes the variety of food options that depicts the cosmopolitanism and the carbohydrate-fueled workaholics. Here are some of the famous food items that defines its rich cultural ethnicity and boasts of a diverse menu.
One of the most populous states of the country and home to many mega stars, the city of Mumbai is a multi-cultural state with people of varied communities living harmoniously. Since the population is made up of so many distinct religious communities, the city celebrates a plethora of festivals with enthusiasm and gusto. Here are some of the festivals celebrated all over Mumbai:
Out of the many things Mumbai is famous for, food always bargains its place to the top. Because of its cultural diversity and a huge influx of international tourist and immigrants, the city offers its visitors and locals a gastronomical adventure with its delectable street food and a variety of North India, South Indian, Parsi, Iranian, and Continental eateries and much more.
With a beautiful façade of historical monuments, stunning beaches, a raucous and vibrant nightlife, streets filled with movie theatres, and a pleasant weather, Mumbai is a fine example of an ideal travel destination. With that in mind, the city also offers both luxurious and affordable hotels to cater to the needs of every kind of visitor and to make their stay comfortable and peaceful.
The cosmopolitan city of Mumbai is known for its vibrant and devilishly fun nightlife. Home to a lot of mega celebrities, millionaires, and billionaires, the city has both elite and non-elite clubs to welcome guests with pockets of all kinds. Below is a list of Membership clubs and non-membership clubs that you can enjoy in Mumbai.
Wondering what the bustling and chaotic streets of Mumbai has in it for you apart from the vibrant nightlife, exotic restaurants, and stunning places of attractions? Well, the city’s museums hold their end of the bargain pretty fine and delights almost every kind of visitor. From an art lover to history buffs, the science geeks or our techies, interested in coinage system or defense? Museums in Mumbai have something for everyone. Below is the list of some of famous in Mumbai.
Home to many sports personalities, the vast city of Mumbai has numerous sports academies where you can spend time watching your favorite sports personality or learn a sport yourself. Mumbai has some of the very old and huge sports complexes in the country that are renowned throughout the world and some others which are also hugely popular in the country. Here is a list down below:
Public transport within Mumbai includes train, road, and water transports. Mumbai has the largest organized bus and train transport network among major Indian cities. The city also has a vast network of auto rickshaws and taxis.
Mumbai has large water bodies surrounding it and some places which are separated by water bodies too, and hence the city’s transport system also consists of water transport which are ferries and catamarans. These are used to travel to places including Elephanta Island, Manori, Navi Mumbai, Alibaug, and a few other places which have waterways connecting them.
Mumbai’s public transport also consists of a rapid transit or mass transit system augmented by commuter rail (local train) serving various suburbs. Besides these, recently a monorail and metro train system were also planned and developed for the city and because of its ever-growing population and occupancy, a commercial seaplane service has also been planned for the city.
The city of Mumbai has a harmonious blend of different cultures and ethnicities that is marked with several distinct religious places. The fast-paced life of this metropolitan city is moderated by many serene temples, dargahs, churches, gurudwaras, and even worship places of Parsis and Buddhist communities which offer the much-needed calmness in our hectic lives. Places of worship of the major communities of Mumbai are:
Marathi is the main language of Mumbai. But, languages like Hindi, English
and Gujarati are spoken as well.